Questions about SSD compatibility regarding motherboard

Aug 15, 2018
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Hello there everyone,

This is a first time post for me and I have to admit, I am a complete noob when it comes to pc hardware and software. I will definitely appreciate your help on this.

Since I am a noob, I brought a prebuilt PC for gaming. Now, I am looking at making an upgrade to this PC in terms of storage (adding an SSD). However, I have a B350M Bazooka motherboard and the way I see it, my RX 580 GPU covers most of the PCIe slots and the m.2 slot leaving one Pci_e3 spot at the bottom of the board. My question is, how would I go about installing a SSD with this setup? Since I am pretty new to this, I would love your recommendations for the easiest way to install a SSD on this board, if possible. I tried to figure this out but it was quite tough and I was overwhelmed with the types of SSDS and compatibility with boards and pcie gen and types.

Thank you in advance!

 

jay32267

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You don't need to connect an SSD via PCIe.
You can connect it via SATA.
You probably have open SATA ports on the MB to connect to.
A SATA SSD isn't as fast as a PCIe SSD but for me it's plenty fast for games and whatever else I do. Regardless... a SATA SSD is way faster than a SATA HDD.
 

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